2 oz Pure Silver Coin – Republique du Tchad 2021 – 10000 Francs CFA
On the reverse of this piece, Zhao Yun rises fearlessly from the horde of enemy soldiers coming towards him, wielding his spear and sword in hand. Liu Bei’s son Liu Shan is wrapped and secured around his chest. The juxtaposition of Zhao Yun’s undaunted and fierce expression with the baby’s look of fear elevates this work of art, underlining the importance of Zhao Yun in this battle not only as a general but as a protector. To this effect, the two weapons in his hands are accented in deliberate gold finishing, as with the baby carrier slung around his body. Details on the piece are struck finely, from the plates on Zhao Yun’s armor to the soft drape of the carrier around Liu Shan.
On the obverse sits the stamp of the legendary Heirloom Seal of the Realm – an unparalleled sign of ultimate authority and power. The words ‘受命於天, 既壽永昌’, translating to “With the Mandate from Heaven, may the Emperor lead a long and prosperous life”, is inscribed in a magnificent shade of crimson red demanding authority and respect. First commissioned by Qin Shi Huang when he unified China and became her first emperor, the seal was carved from precious jade and used exclusively by the Emperor. It was passed down the ruling lineage and it symbolized a god-given power to rule, the seal was thus an object of rivalry and contention during the period of the Three Kingdoms, as feudal lords and warlords alike fought to possess it to demonstrate their positions as deserving leaders.
A new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Plus” was applied to give this piece an impressive size and weight. At 80mm in diameter, it is double the size of a regular 2 oz collectible, made possible by combining 11.5 oz of copper embodied within two layers of 999 fine-silver totaling 2 oz, to deliver a super ultra-high relief topped with silver antiqued finishing.